Choosing Your Puppy
The process of choosing your puppy begins with selecting a responsible, ethical, and professional breeder. What does this mean exactly?
Look for a responsible breeder whose primary goal is to improve the breed by selecting excellent breeding stock, and consistently doing CERF and OFA clearances (hips/eyes) to ensure the health of their dogs for future generations. Before the breeding even took place, the breeder ensured that both the sire and the dam had either GOOD or Excellent health ratings for OFA, Cardiac, CERF, Optigen, PRA, and CNM genetic testing. For each litter, the breeder has chosen a sire and dam that are not only from quality breeding stock, but also meet the breed standard as outlined by the AKC and National Club for conformation, as well as for temperament.
Also, choose an ethical breeder that will provide you with a health guarantee for your puppy and will put it in writing along with their purchase agreement. An ethical breeder will also be able to furnish you with a copy of the pedigree, which will reflect the ancestral history of your puppy. Your breeder will show you how the sire and dam were carefully selected because they both contribute to the exceptional quality of the breed, and explain how their characteristics complement one another.
Additionally, you will want to select a breeder who raises the puppies in their home, rather than out in a cold or sterile kennel. A professional breeder makes an extra effort to house raise the puppies so that they can be socialized and exposed to a variety of stimuli, as well as being touched, held, and cuddled. Furthermore, an ethical breeder will not breed the mother more than once per year. Breeding the mother more than once per year could mean the the breeder is careless and indiscriminate in his/her breeding practices. A good breeder will also start introducing the puppies to grooming, housebreaking, and gentle leash training before you arrive to pick up your puppy.
While you can expect to pay more money for a puppy from a professional breeder, it is because that breeder invests that money into the health and wellness of not just your puppy, but all puppies that they raise and nurture. The profit, if any, goes right back into the breeding program and is used to care for future breedings, training, AKC events, research and all veterinary visits, vaccinations, and tests. Furthermore, the professional breeder takes care to feed the dogs and puppies only the highest quality food.
As a final note, a responsible breeder has a detailed screening process for the adoption of one of their puppies. An ethical breeder will require sufficient background information in order to ensure each puppy is going to a good home. Don't be surprised if you are asked to complete an extensive questionnaire before you can reserve a puppy. If the interview goes well, you should request to set up an appointment and a good breeder will welcome a visit at their home so that you can meet the mother of your puppy, as well as ensure that your puppy is coming from a clean and well-maintained facility. Finally, a professional breeder can offer a number of resources to help you prepare for being a dog owner, and will offer support throughout the lifetime of your puppy.
Reserving Your Puppy
Once you decide that you are ready to adopt an Ashling Place Labrador puppy, we highly suggest you take steps to make a reservation request. At this point we will ask you to provide us with some background information so that we can determine whether or not an Ashling Place Labrador is the right kind of dog for your home.
Once you complete the screening process, we will follow up with you to discuss the next steps. We require a non-refundable deposit when your reservation is officially placed and the balance will be due once your puppy reaches 6 weeks old. While we do not reserve puppies based on color or gender, preference is given in the order in which the reservation was received.
Once your reservation is placed, you can expect to receive emails, including pictures of the litter once they are whelped, every week so that you don’t miss out on this wonderful time of their lives.*Please note, we do NOT allow puppy buyers to visit the litter during the first 6 weeks in order to ensure the health and well-being of the litter.
All puppies are sold with Limited AKC Registration papers. This is a non-breeding registration, which enables the puppy to still compete in any of the AKC events with the exception of Conformation. The "Limited" simply means that if you decide to breed your dog, their offspring cannot be registered with the AKC. We are currently not offering Full AKC Registration.
Puppies will not be placed in their new homes prior to turning 8 weeks old and will be given their first inoculation and worming treatments.
If you are ready to take the next step towards bringing an Ashling Place Labrador puppy home, please complete this form:
Bringing Home Your Puppy
We do NOT, under any circumstances, ship puppies to their new homes. We believe it is in your puppy's best interest and well-being that you pick him or her up in person. We schedule to pick up their puppy at 8 weeks old in the order in which the deposit was received.
In order to ensure that your puppy is protected while traveling, we request that you bring with you a pet carrier (one that fits a 15-20lb puppy), a few towels, small dog toys, and water. If you are flying home with your pet, be sure to contact your airlines and notify them that you will be traveling with an 8 week old pup weighing under 20 lbs.
All of our puppies go home at approximately 8 weeks of age. At this point the puppies in the litter will have received their first inoculations and worming treatments. Furthermore, your puppy will be microchipped, and we will send you home with the AKC Reunite paperwork to complete your enrollment.
We want you and your puppy to get off to a great start, so when sending you home with your new family member, you will be given the AKC Puppy Folder. These folders include AKC materials on important topics including:
Once you and your puppy arrive home, you will want to make sure you...
Finally, your puppy's immunity is still weak, similar to that of a newborn baby. Therefore, you should not expose your puppy to any dogs that you do not know, or allow them to be around any dogs that have not received their vaccinations. Essentially, you should not bring your puppy to any dog parks until your puppy has received all of their vaccinations.